Thursday, December 29, 2005

Remember - Ebooks

To touch on one of our newest in technology that reaches outside of our building in Collinsville is our Ebook (Electronic book) collection, online at
Last month the most used book of that collection was "The Concise History of the Middle East" by Goldschmidt.
The collection has over 9,000 books for you to use from your home computer. Your first use must be in the library where you will choose a username and a password. From that point on you can use the Ebook collection from any location and from any computer that is hooked to the Internet.
Ask one of the librarians today about this great service!

Friday, December 23, 2005

Merry Christmas

May you all find wonderful surprises in this season of miracles.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Winning schools for most Library card applications announced

On Friday a small reception was held for the public and parochial schools that participated in the accumulation of library card applications from anyone in the Unit 10 School District for 'free' library cards.
Funding for this Campaign came from a demonstration grant which was awarded by the IL State Library (ISL), a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), under the federal Library Services & Technology (LSTA) to the Mississippi Valley Public Library District.
4,115 usable applications were collected by 14 participating schools. 68% of those applications resulted in new library cards being issued by either the Mississippi Valley Public Library District or the Maryville Community Library.
5 of the 14 Schools were able to accumulate over 100% of their school population for awards to be presented through the Demonstration Grant.
1st place Maryville Public School 223% $1,000 in Books
2nd place Renfro Public School 184% $500 in Books
3rd place Kreitner Public School 146% $250 in Books
Honorable Mentions Twin Echo 132% $125 in Books
Holy Rosary Parochial School 110% $125 in Books

Anyone in the Unit 10 School District is still entitled to a 'free' library card to experience the advantages of library service now through the end of March 2006. At that time a referendum question will be on the ballot to see if they will continue receiving library service in their voting areas.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Reciprocal Borrowing - Going to other libraries

As I talk to people that are using our library, I realize that they don't know one of the important uses of their library card - the use of other public libraries.
How fun! You are not restricted to any one public library when you carry a public library card. You can take your library card and walk into any public library in Illinois and check out an item from their collection.
This is a privilege that each public library agrees to when they join the Illinois State Library group of libraries.
Take your library card and if you find yourself in another Illlinois community with a public library, walk in and test the power of your library card by checking out something from the other library and bringing it home.
One more part of this whole new experience is that you can then bring us the item that you picked up at that other library and we will return it for you!
Find out what a wonderful system (library system) this is.